Postage Rate Hike Takes Effect

Postage rates on most U.S. Postal Service have increased, Mountain residents should check the postage required before mailing items at local post offices. (File Photo)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Mountain Communities – Mountain residents planning to mail a something need to check the new postage rates.

The U.S. Postal Service has raised the price to send most types of letters and packages and the new rates became effective January 27.

First-Class postage is now 46 cents, the second price  increase since 2009. The price for each additional ounce remains the same at 20 cents. The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.

Postcards jump a penny also to 33 cents.

The U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. However, due to massive operating deficits, the agency is seeking assistance from Congress.


New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:

* Small box – $5.80
* Medium box – $12.35
* Large box – $16.85
* Large APO/FPO box – $14.85
* Regular envelope – $5.60
* Legal envelope – $5.75
* Padded envelope – $5.95


Fort additional information visit USPS online.





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